Why do I get toothache and what are the causes?

We suffer from toothache when we have pain in and around our teeth and jaw. This pain is usually caused by tooth decay and it can range from mild discomfort, to a severe, sharp and persistent pain that stops you from getting on with your day.

You should consult your dentist as soon as possible to have your toothache treated.

Who suffers from toothache?

Half of the world’s population1 suffer from dental problems, so toothache and tooth decay is an all too common problem.


What are the common symptoms of toothache?

Toothache is frustrating, as it can come or go, or turn into a persistent pain. It’s not just the toothache itself; you may also suffer swollen gums or facial swelling. In many cases, hot or cold food and drinks will become really uncomfortable to consume.

Should I be concerned about my toothache?

Toothache can happen when the inner layer of your tooth becomes inflamed. If you’ve had toothache for more than one or two days, visit your dentist as soon as possible to have it treated. It could get worse if left untreated.

What not to do when you have a toothache

Don’t eat snacks between meals, particularly sweet foods, or avoid your regular dental check up (which should happen at least once a year). Don’t eat food that is too hot or cold and don’t smoke as it can make some dental problems worse.

What can I do about toothache?

If you want to find out how to get rid of toothache talk to your dentist as soon as possible to determine the specific cause (there could be quite a few different reasons) and work out the best course of treatment. In the meantime, it’s important that you keep your teeth and gums healthy, by brushing twice a day and using dental floss and mouthwash regularly.

For toothache relief try Solpadeine Plus or Solpadeine Max.

Ask your pharmacist for more advice.


  • Clinically proven to work when regular pain relief is not enough1
  • The soluble tablets get to work 2x faster than Paracetamol tablets*
  • Available in tablets, soluble tablets and capsules

1Only applicable to Solpadeine Plus and Solpadeine Max
*Based on absorption data

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